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The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. April 2014

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“Best Business Book of the Year: Sustainability” — strategy+business magazine

“Winston’s passion and sincerity clearly move his engaging discussion beyond mere consultant hype. In this book, he provides a realistic way to address these mega issues along with tested strategies on how to manage these challenges effectively and profitably.” — CHOICE, a publication of the American Library Association

“a practical, working handbook for teams, organizations and corporations to “recreate their operations to succeed within the scientific reality of a hotter, wilder, more radically open world. With a certain climate-challenged future ahead of us, The Big Pivot gives us a realist's path to making sure it's a prosperous one, too.” — Sustainable Brands (sustainablebrands.com)

ADVANCE PRAISE for The Big Pivot:

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever—
“We’ve reached a tipping point. Our planet and our society are at risk . . . Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot offers a radical new direction for business that also represents the most practical path forward . . . a must-read for anyone interested in the future of business and our world.”

David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy—
“Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot is the blinking red warning light on the dashboard for every CEO . . . He lays out a road map for a major shift in consciousness and purpose for the private sector.”

Lauralee Martin, CEO, HCP—
“Andrew Winston has identified issues for business that require more than just a minor change of behavior—these big challenges demand an urgent ‘pivot’ by business for our own survival . . . I hope CEOs and other business leaders step up and read this book.”

David Steiner, CEO, Waste Management—
“. . . Winston’s practical approach to the largest issues of our generation makes his a voice that’s respected by the world’s leaders in politics, NGOs, and business.”

L. Hunter Lovins, founder and President, Natural Capital Solutions; coauthor, The Way Out
The Big Pivot is Winston’s most important and impactful work to date—better even than Green to Gold. It’s a wake-up call for you, your boss, and whoever sits in the corner office . . .”

Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO, Kimberly-Clark—
“Andrew Winston’s The Big Pivot provides thought-provoking perspectives into some of the biggest issues facing companies around the world . . . a call to action in a time of radical change and competing priorities.”

Jeff Seabright, Vice President, Environment & Water Resources, Coca-Cola—
“A resounding call to action for business to embrace the risks of climate change, resource constraints, and radical transparency and turn them into strategic growth opportunities . . . a must-read road map for business success in the twenty-first century.”

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Andrew Winston is the founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, advising many of the world’s leading companies on environmental strategy. He sits on sustainability advisory boards for Kimberly-Clark, Hewlett-Packard, and Unilever, and serves as Sustainability Advisor to PwC. Andrew’s career history includes corporate strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. A globally recognized expert on green business strategy, he is a sought-after speaker on the world’s mega challenges and how companies can manage and profit from them. He writes regularly for Harvard Business Review online, the Guardian, and other outlets and appears in major media such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNBC.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Distills leading-edge thinking into action-oriented, practical steps 19. März 2014
Von Claire Sommer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
It's quite the balancing act to talk about humanity's coming catastrophes with a rational, business-minded focus, but strategist and author Andrew Winston pulls it off. That's because he knows what he's talking about. As he and others have said, "Business can't succeed in a world that fails."

To start, Winston briskly and clearly lays out the science. Failing is what awaits us if businesses don't start getting ready for climate-change fueled weather disasters, resource scarcities and a radically transparent global marketplace. Businesses need to make The Big Pivot to low/no-carbon, climate-resilient practices and strategies.

Then on to examples. Winston knows The Big Pivot--rapid and radical business transformation--is possible because he's seen and helped companies do it. He shares stories to show that change can come from decisive leadership rather just than the stick of regulation or crisis. These up-to-date case studies are perfect, sharable examples of what leading companies are doing today.

And finally, he offers 10 strategies that show why and how your company or organization can make big, bold moves for equally big returns on business stability and profitability.

I'm inspired by Winston's call for businesses to buck the short-term safety of a quarterly profits-obsessed status quo. It's time to pivot to a focus on long-term, science-based realities. With a certain climate-challenged future ahead of us, The Big Pivot gives us a realist's path to making sure it's a prosperous one too.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 23. Juni 2016
Von Scottietoo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Very well done business book on the need for - and benefits of - adopting environmental sustainability.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Just another sustainability book, already written several times 12. April 2014
Von Antonio Vives - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This review makes the assumption that the reader of the book is part of upper or middle corporate management.

I have to admit that having read the promotion of the book and the many quotes on the back cover, at the beginning of the book (18 endorsements of Who's Who in the sustainability world! All of them read the book?), and several websites my expectations about this book were very high. Even this site if full of endorsements. Lots of hype.

But no, this an average book with very little new material, with a great promotional job behind and a title that is supposed to make the book different, unique: Big Pivot. The impression is that it will make your (sustainability?) strategy change direction, pivoting on your current position. But barely anything that it proposes represents a radical change in directions, at most some adjustments.

It is a very typical, light, management consultant book: Graphs with concentric circles, divided into sections, which are supposed to unify new concepts or present new theories. Then quotes after quotes: almost every page has a "I spoke with ..............and s(he) told me that......". Full of anecdotal evidence, very little research on the current state of the art (the notes are mostly references to "personal conversation). Not that there is anything wrong with the quotes, all are supportive of the points the author is trying to make and according with generally accepted opinions. The point is that it makes it look very light, with little rigor.

But such are management books for a general, beginners, audience. If you are relatively new to the field of sustainability and like light reading, then this is your book.

The examples used are mostly from the largest of corporations: Dow, Unilever, Shell, Nike, P/G, PepsiCo, DuPont, Coca Cola, FedEx, etc. and many of their strategies are not suitable for a "normal" corporation, which are not members of sustainability indices or quote in the major stock exchanges. Most of these companies do have an impact on Climate Change or on resource consumption, but not the other 99% of companies (over 98% of companies are classified and Small and Medium). There many proposals for action which are only suitable for the largest of corporations, acting in concert in some international organization like the WBCSD or the World Economic Forum. It is very hard for your regular corporation to influence international policy on climate change or water management.

And in making his point that large firms have big impacts (agree) the author makes the (common) mistake of comparing company's sales with country GDP. No, Walmart is not the size of Austria. GDP measures only A PART OF VALUE ADDED in the economy and it cannot be compared with revenue. Walmart's value added may be something like 20-30% of sales.

In a sense the book is incomplete, although the subtitle is very clear about it: It is only concerned with resource scarcity (mostly water and energy) and climate change. But I would question that the strategies presented are "Radically practical". Not radical and in some cases not practical. The rest of the sustainability agenda is ignored (except in the Appendix, that goes beyond the concepts discussed in the text). Social issues are not mentioned, except in passing when discussing the supply chain. The community is not even mentioned as a stakeholder. It has a narrow view of sustainability.

Also the book is very US-focused. Ignores the rest of the world, except when discussing large multinational companies.

But it is a fine book for those looking to know about the issues for the first time and want to develop a general idea of the problems and strategies. In particular the potential impact on large companies of some resources scarcity and climate change. Easy to read and flows nicely.

BUT I always wonder if those reviewers with more STARS than LINES in the review did read the book...............and dislike this review.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Empowering and Haunting Look at Corporate Supply Chains 18. April 2014
Von Kelly McCarthy Barner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
One of the best things about having good relationships with publishers is that I end up reading and reviewing titles that range beyond procurement or spend management. And yet, there is no question that the value and competitive advantage of a well-managed supply chain runs right through the center of all business strategy books.

The Big Pivot, by Andrew S. Winston, is no exception. The core message of the book is that there are three ‘mega challenges’ that every lasting business must be prepared to face:

1. Climate change
2. Resource constraints and rising commodity prices, and
3. Technology-driven demands for more transparency. (p. 6)

Businesses that are prepared to recognize and face these challenges head on must ‘pivot’. The changes required to maneuver an organization through this new economic reality may be complex and even painful. Leaders that do so successfully will look like geniuses and innovators – partly because only a minority of companies are likely to be able to make the requisite commitment to transformation.

The Big Pivot recognizes the importance and potential of supply chains. One statement that is both empowering and haunting is “…companies should heed one lesson: any operation, anywhere in your supply chain, no matter how remote, is now your responsibility.” (p. 2) And as long as we can remember that all supply chains eventually lead to our consumers, procurement is positioned to occupy a critical role in any transformation.

Green initiatives are a current running through the entire book, and yet the author’s working definition of sustainability is less environmental than the requirements many of us have come to associate with sustainability initiatives. “The word sustainability means, by definition, the ability to keep doing what you’re doing.” (p. 63) Investments in renewable energy and corporate social responsibility aside, this book looks at what a business is looking to accomplish in the long term and does not take for granted that unanticipated changes will, by necessity, require changes to process, sourcing, and materials.

In order to drive this long-term view through every effort, Winston makes valid points about the need for corresponding changes to performance metrics and incentives. This requirement affects internal and external relationships. The section on Wal-Mart’s supplier sustainability initiatives, included in the chapter on ‘Radically Practical Strategies’, hits very close to home. One company executive summarized the feedback they received from suppliers: “It’s great to ask us questions, but it only matters if you do something with the information.” (p. 152). How many RFPs do we issue with questions on important, value-based topics, only to make an award that emphasizes savings because that is our primary performance metric? Only once the metrics change – a commitment that must be made at the highest levels of the organization – will the priorities, execution, and results contribute to the actual sustainability of the business.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A CEO field guide for thriving in a threatened world 9. April 2014
Von Steven Cristol, Strategic Harmony Partners - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Dog-earing the pages of significance in Winston's new book quickly became a repetitive, futile exercise: I found significance on every page for any executive trying to simultaneously please customers, outwit competitors, and build a resilient and thriving enterprise for the long haul in the face of unprecedented macro challenges.

This is an uncommonly smart and constructive book, not only because of the specific strategies and executional guidance prescribed, but also because of the holistic big-picture perspective throughout that can only come from an author who has spent years confronting the interconnectedness of business performance, risk management, natural resources and ecosystem services, environmental challenges and opportunities, and satisfying human needs and desires in an ever more populous world. But perhaps its most distinguishing feature, among many, is that it's not just a book about what can be done in the face of climate change and scarcity -- it is ultimately a book about what MUST be done, who must do it, and the rewards that the doers will reap.

Winston has done the math. I found his approach to translating that math into setting company objectives especially compelling. Drawing on extremely diverse and highly credible sources, he makes a persuasive business case for doing what MUST be done to build a resilient company and sustain the planet. The book is laced with already-occurring examples from iconic companies reducing complex problems to concrete solutions you can build on.

The Big Pivot is at once a wake-up call to action, a pragmatic and hopeful bridge from today's ominous trajectory to a vision of sustainable innovation and a circular economy that is both required and exhilarating, and a thoughtful repository of ideas and springboards for getting there. But we're running out of time. Very quickly. Don't wait for summer beach reading. Read it now, act decisively, and prevail. Your shareholders -- and grandchildren -- will thank you.
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